Nearly 1,700 Indonesian pilgrims stranded in transit countries by ‘umrah’ ban

first_img“The Indonesian government conveys its appreciation to all travel agents, airlines and other relevant parties who have been willing to make speedy responses to address the situation without putting more burdens on the pilgrims,” Fadjroel said.Meanwhile, 2,393 Indonesian pilgrims using 75 travel agencies, who had been scheduled to fly with eight different airlines on Feb. 27, were unable to embark on their pilgrimages, Fadjroel said.Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi has called for airlines and travel agents to facilitate the rescheduling of flights for all pilgrims affected by the ban.Read also: Indonesian envoy lobbies Saudi Arabia to exclude pilgrims from ‘umrah’ banAs a result of the fast-spreading coronavirus, which has affected Saudi nationals in Bahrain and Kuwait, Saudi Arabia suspended umrah and visits to the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah as among several precautionary restrictions.Hundreds of Umrah pilgrims piled up at Juanda International Airport in Sidoarjo, East Java province on February 27, 2020. (AFP/Juni KRISWANTO)The Saudi Haj and Umrah Ministry also temporarily stopped issuing umrah visas and suspended the entry of tourist-visa holders from “countries with confirmed coronavirus outbreaks, according to criteria established by the Saudi health authorities”.Indonesia, the country with the largest Muslim population in the world, contributed the second-highest number of umrah pilgrims last year with 443,879 arrivals, according to the Saudi Haj and Umrah Ministry.Saudi Arabia normally welcomes nearly 7 million umrah pilgrims every year. (afr)Topics : Almost 1,700 Indonesian nationals have been stranded in a number of transit countries by Saudi Arabia’s decision to temporarily ban all foreign umrah (minor haj) pilgrims from entering the country because of concerns over the COVID-19 coronavirus.Presidential spokesman Fadjroel Rachman said on Friday that the stranded pilgrims initially bound for the Islamic kingdom were expected to fly back to Indonesia as soon as they completed arrangements for their return.”There were 1,685 [Indonesian] pilgrims stranded in third countries during transit and they are now in the process of being flown back home by their respective airlines,” Fadjroel said without providing details of the transit countries. Read also: Saudi’s sudden ‘umrah’ ban leaves pilgrims heartbrokenAt least 83 Indonesian pilgrims were stranded at Abu Dhabi International Airport after landing at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) capital from Jakarta at 12:24 a.m. on Thursday, the same day that Saudi Arabia announced the umrah ban.Sanitary workers wearing protective face masks continue to clean the sahn (mosque courtyard) surrounding the Kaaba, Islam’s holiest shrine, as Muslim worshippers pray at the Grand Mosque complex in Saudi Arabia’s holy city of Mecca on February 27, 2020. (AFP/ Haitham EL-TABEI)Indonesian Ambassador to the UAE Nur Ibrahim said the 83 pilgrims were expected to leave for Jakarta on Friday at midnight as they were unable to continue flying to Madinah in Saudi Arabia.last_img read more

Rohr Deposits Eagles Contract with FIFA, German Embassy

first_imgThe coach is understood to be employed on $48,000 per month salary and will aim to make an immediate impact when Nigeria tackle Tanzania in Uyo on September 3, in an Africa Cup of Nations fixture that amounts to a mere window dressing.His credentials will, however, be touted when the Eagles visit Zambia in a FIFA World Cup qualifier in Ndola on October 8.According to sources, Rohr, who has worked at club level in France, Austria, Switzerland and Tunisia before coaching Gabon (2010-2012) and the Niger (2012-2014), complied with advice of his agents by domiciling copies of his contract with the German Embassy in Abuja and the international football governing body headquarters in Zurich.The move is a safety net that will guarantee his interests by making a third party, notably FIFA to intervene in the future if he is embroiled in unresolved contract disputes with the Nigerian federation.It is believed that FIFA can mediate between the parties if the disputes are complex given it is already in possession of the contract’s paperwork.NFF is famed for causing high profile feuds with coaches it engages over matters concerning breaches of agreed contract.National U-23 coach, Samson Siasia, whose team won the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio, only at the weekend, severed ties with NFF, citing failure to pay five months salaries on top of acrimonious relationship he had with authorities during the games.The NFF and its immediate past national coach, Sunday Oliseh, still occasionally trade tirades about allegations bothering on outstanding salaries to the former international midfielder and his assistants.Oliseh, who caused a stir by ditching the team few days before crucial Africa Cup qualifying fixtures against Egypt in March, claimed he and his assistants, Tijjani Babangida and Jean Francois Losciuto were owed salaries and medical bills.He also alleged that he incurred $4,000, his personal money, as feeding expenses on the Home based national team when the team camped in Pretoria, before the African Nations Championship (CHAN) in Rwanda.At the time they died in June, both Stephen Keshi and Shaibu Amodu, were still owed by NFF for services rendered as national coach and technical director of the federation respectively.Meanwhile, Eagles will open camp in Uyo, capital of Akwa Ibom State today for Saturday’s 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match against Tanzania.Home –boys Emmanuel Daniel, Ikechukwu Ezenwa (goalkeepers) and Jamiu Alimi (defender) are expected in Uyo today alongside a number of overseas –based professionals,including defender William Troost-Ekong and forward Odion Ighalo.Team captain Mikel John Obi, fresh from leading the Nigeria U23 to Olympic bronze in Brazil, is expected to arrive at the team’s Le Meridien Hotel tomorrow.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Camp opens for Tanzania clash today Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaSuper Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has lodged copies of his contract agreement with the International governing body, FIFA and the German Embassy in Abuja, THISDAY understood last night.The 63-year-old coach, a former development officer with German Football Association (DFB), was early this month, offered a two-year deal by the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) to steer the Super Eagles to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.last_img read more